When mob frenzy becomes irrational, we have to pause and reflect: President Mukherjee on lynchings

Mob lynching: Speaking at the release of commemorative publication of National Herald, President Mukherjee said, "I am not talking of vigilantism, I am talking of are we vigilant enough, proactively to save the basic tenets of our country."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 1, 2017 9:49 pm
President Pranab Mukherjee, mob lynching, mob lynching in india, cow vigilantism, cow protection, attacks on muslims, dalits, narendra modi, bjp, indian democracy, indian express New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the audience after the release of commemorative publication of National Herald at a function in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI Photo) 

In the wake of growing number of mob lynching cases in India, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday asked whether the society is vigilant enough to save the basic tenets of the country. “When mob lynching becomes so high and uncontrollable, we have to pause and reflect, are we vigilant enough?,” Mukherjee was quoted as saying by ANI.

Speaking at the release of commemorative publication of National Herald, President Mukherjee said, “I am not talking of vigilantism, I am talking of are we vigilant enough, proactively to save the basic tenets of our country.”

Mukherjee inaugurated the programme in the presence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Recently, the country witnessed widespread protests across various locations under the tagline “Not in My Name” to protest against a streak of mob lynching incidents in the country. The lynching of 15-year-old Junaid Khan in a Mathura-bound train last week was the genesis of the flashpoint.

A day after nationwide protests against lynchings spilled on to the streets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Thursday broke his silence at Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat and said killing people in the name of gau bhakti (devotion to the cow) is not acceptable. He also said Mahatma Gandhi would not have approved of it and that no person in the country has the right to take the law into his own hands.

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